The Indian cricketing legend and Bharat Ratna award winner Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has written to the newly appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, thereby drawing his attention to the point of the physical and mental toll on the citizens over toll tax.
He is deeply concerned about the present state of current affairs regarding the operations of toll taxed gates all around the city of Mumbai, Sachin said in his two page letter on the letter head of the Upper House, Rajya Sabha, of which he is a respected member. The letter was sent to Fadnavis on February 20 and the issue was brought in front of the public on Friday.
He said that the letter contained that he would sincerely request him to kindly reconsider the model of operations to reduce the physical and mental toll on citizens who travel in and out of Mumbai.
He urged the chief minister to ensure that motorists have an easier time navigating the country’s commercial capital and reduce the anguish being faced by citizens. Maharashtra PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil and Transport Minister Diwakar Raote have largely welcomed Tendulkar’s initiative on the prickly issue of toll tax.
Moreover, he rued how the hike in the toll tax has added to the woes of people as the time taken to complete the transaction for each vehicle has increased on account of issues of small change (Rs.5).
Castigating toll operators, Tendulkar said they need to invest in technology which can help alleviate the limitations of collecting toll, including using RFID enabled cards within India and other similar solutions used worldwide.
One must be able to bear in mind that Mumbai as a city has always led the way in terms of adoption of technology and modernisation techniques, but sadly enough they seem to be lagging behind on the convergence of toll collection and technology, he pointed out. Tendulkar also delivered his piece of mind on the conditions of roads and cited the examples of the toll posts connecting Vashi and Airoli in Navi Mumbai. He urged Fadnavis to ensure a 24×7 dedicated and open lane for ambulances which routinely get stuck in traffic jams at toll tax lanes.